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The Officers of Council 8157
Our council officers were officially installed on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Their term runs through the fraternal year starting in July 2018 ending on June 30th, 2019.
The Grand Knight presides over all meetings and is tasked with enforcing the rules and regulations of the Council and the laws of the order, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He appoints all directors and committee members. He acts as chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain. He countersigns orders drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary. Responsible for the council’s First Degree Team. He is responsible for the overall success of this council's activities. Tom joined the Knights in 2007 and he has been the leader of our Degree Team since its start in August 2012. He was voted Knight of the Year in 2014. He and his wife, Helen, live in Duncanville.
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT
The Deputy Grand Knight Assists the grand knight with operation of the council and any other duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, presides at council meetings. Recommended to serve on the council’s Retention Committee. Jeff Miller joined the Knights in 1998. An accomplished writer and published author, he applies his talents to serving as Newsletter and Website Senior Writer in the Awareness Committee, including writing most of the new Knight's bios, Knight of the Month and Family of the Month articles to name a few. Jeff and his wife, Frances live in DeSoto.
The Financial Secretary is responsible to collect and receive all moneys due the council, and all funds received from any source. He keeps an account of the indebtedness of each member and each certificate holder and the amount received from each. He keeps a roll of the membership and certificate holders, their ages, residences and occupation, with date of initiation. He notifies the Supreme Secretary of the names and addresses of all council officers. He keeps the seal of the council and affixes same to all proper papers. Peter joined the Knights in 2011 and is also a member of our Degree Team. He and his wife, Bernadine live in Dallas.
The Recorder is responsible for keeping and maintaining a true and permanent record of all actions of the council and maintains all correspondence of the council. Jim joined our council in February 2012, he is in charge of Member Retention and serves as Lecturer. Jim also serves as a member of our Degree Team and he and his wife, Mary, live in Cedar Hill.
The Treasurer’s job responsibilities include being the custodian of all funds of the council. He shall pay to the Supreme Council all money assessed by it or the Board of Directors. He shall pay all orders drawn on him which are signed by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight. He shall keep separate accounts for all moneys placed in his hands by his council or the officers thereof and shall plainly show at all times the amount of money in the general expense of the council and the amount of money in each and every special fund. James joined the Knights of Columbus in February 2013. James is a retired phlebotomist. He and wife Judy have been members of Holy Spirit for 31 years and enjoy their 5 children and 13 grandkids. The Smiths live in Duncanville.
The Advocate is the attorney for the council. The Advocate will advise the council in all matters that require legal clarification. The advocate will be the counsel is case of trial and investigation of any matter whatsoever pertaining to the council. Russell is a past Grand Knight, a practicing attorney, and has been a member of the Knights since 1987. He was voted Knight of the Year in 1998. He and his wife, Patricia, live in DeSoto.
The Warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property. Sets up council chambers for meetings and degree exemplifications. Oversees inside and outside guards. Doug and his family moved to Cedar Hill in July 2018 from Florida when he became an assistant director of the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. He joined the Knights in 2014 in Lake Worth, Fla. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2009 after 28 years. Doug and wife Diana have been married for five years. Doug has two daughters (Crystal, 26, and Bryce, 18), one stepson (Xavier, 14) and one son (D.J., 5).
Inside/Outside Guards attend the doors of the council chamber, checking for current membership cards and allowing entrance. Jeff was born in Chicago but moved to North Texas with his family at a young age. Jeff is a veteran of the Special Olympics as both a participant and a coach in multiple sports, including track and soccer. He lives in Duncanville often walks to Mass.
The Lecturer is appointed by the grand knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming. Wendell and wife Connie celebrated their 35th anniversary in March. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were initially put up by a nephew who lives in DeSoto and decided to make their permanent home here.
The Chaplain's duties are to conduct all religious exercises for the council, including opening and closing prayers at meetings. The council looks to the Chaplain for spiritual example and guidance. Father Joe has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi in Frisco and here at Holy Spirit before he joined Holy Spirit parish as Pastor in 2009. Father Joe accepted the position of Chaplain shortly after arriving at Holy Spirit.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the council. They shall have supervision of all the financial business of the council. They shall audit the accounts of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer at least every six months upon blanks provided by the Board of Directors. They shall see that the Financial Secretary and Treasurer give proper bonds running to the Knights of Columbus in trust for their council. Each member of of the Board of Trustees shall hold office for three years with an election of one new trustee each year.
The Board of Trustees consists of grand knight and three other elected members. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Jim Richardson served as Grand Knight of Council 8157 from 2016-2018. Jim joined the Knights in 1962 and he and wife Denise live in DeSoto.
The Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Mike took his first and major degrees early in 1999, was our Knight of the Year in 2011 and has served as council treasurer since the previous century. He and Susan celebrated their 36th anniversary in November. They have three grown children and 11 grandchildren.
The Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Dan serves as our Community Activities Director. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was active military 1975-95. After retiring from the Navy, he coordinated R.O.T.C. programs at area high schools through 2013. Dan joined the Knights in 1998 and was our Grand Knight during the fraternal years of 2002-03 and 2003-04. Dan and wife Pat live in Duncanville and have been married since 1975.
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